Keeping on the Vietnam theme, we also did a street food tour while in Hanoi. We had various spring rolls in a market, then made our way to various shops to try Vietnamese coffee (coffee and sweetened condensed milk), pho cuon and finally bun cha. Bun cha can roughly be described as Hanoi style grilled pork with rice noodles. Essentially you put together your own concoction of pork, noodles, dipping sauce, various herbs and greens, chilli and garlic. The pork is either marinated pork shoulder pieces, spicy patties or both. We even bought back a cheap grilling basket to try and cook bun cha on the bbq.
The guy who ran the tour, an American called Daniel Hoyer, has also written a few books and one is called Culinary Vietnam. Needless to say, when we got back from Vietnam I bought a few cookbooks and if I’m being honest, this book duplicates a lot of what I have in other books. It has nice pics though. The bun cha recipe I used comes from Culinary Vietnam and can be found here.
The patties were fantastic, the pork shoulder a bit overdone. I’ll try and do better next time.
For what is worth, this is where we had our bun cha in Hanoi – crammed inside around a little table on little blue plastic stools. It was great!